6 steps to reduce cyber risk

by JLynch on July 25, 2014 · 0 comments

1. Don’t fall for phishing. Many attacks, including most of the credit card breaches you’ve been hearing so much about lately, start with phishing emails. These messages purport to be from trustworthy sources, but are actually from attackers looking to snag your login credentials or lead you to websites containing malware. Don’t click any suspicious [...]

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A new wrench in the ACA

by JLynch on July 25, 2014 · 0 comments

In the latest battle of the health reform wars, four words could bring down the Affordable Care Act’s main insurance expansion policy, depending on which court interpretations gain traction. Just as more states are lining up to default to the federally-facilitated health insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov, two judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals have [...]

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Hospital hit with $150k breach fine

by kvrba on July 25, 2014 · 0 comments

A Rhode Island hospital, who nearly two years ago notified 14,000 patients of a HIPAA breach involving their data, agreed Wednesday to hand over $150,000 to settle allegations that it failed to safeguard patient information. The Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, or WIH, will pay the civil penalty to the Massachusetts Attorney General [...]

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Scaling down the hospital

July 25, 2014

From a real estate perspective, the healthcare landscape is dramatically changing. The massive, monolithic structures that have come to represent the acute care setting are becoming more stratified in smaller buildings across wider swaths of a community. As Medicare policy encourages shorter inpatient hospital stays and drives patients into the post-acute care world, the need [...]

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Boosting revenue cycle with counselors

July 24, 2014

In the past, healthcare providers have been able to utilize front-end billing and collections staff for most of the financial needs in a practice. But with patients paying more out-of-pocket costs and exchanges increasing the number of plans providers deal with, having financial counselors in a practice may become a necessity. The good news for [...]

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CMS pushing mandated EHR’s for chronic care

July 24, 2014

A proposed rule would mandate certified EHRs for care of chronically ill under Medicare Part B. CMS has followed through with its stated intention of requiring electronic health records for payment of chronic care management (CCM), proposing in its 2015 physician payment rule that physicians receive a separate payment for CCM services, but only if [...]

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Error: You have no payments from pharma

July 24, 2014

The federal government has a word for physicians who don’t have financial relationships with pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers: “Error.” Last week, the government began allowing doctors to log into a secure website to check the payments attributed to them by drug and device makers. This information will be made public later this year under [...]

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Health IT mergers on upward climb

July 24, 2014

Mergers and acquisitions for the health IT market continue to see big numbers, with total deal volumes increasing 18 percent since the second half of 2013, according to a new Berkery Noyes trend report. The report, which analyzed M&A activity during the first half of 2014 and compared it with previous years, found aggregate value [...]

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UPMC Children’s delivers remote care

July 23, 2014

When researchers at UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh reviewed more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America via telemedicine, they found that physicians in those countries were highly satisfied with the service and believed telemedicine had improved patient outcomes. The study, led by Ricardo A. Muñoz, MD, chief, Cardiac Intensive Care Division, at Children’s, [...]

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Impact of EHR and big data fusion

July 23, 2014

Without question, the newly forged and already inextricable link between big data and electronic health records will forever change the course of healthcare information technology. The ongoing evolution comes plainly into sight thanks to a new infographic from the UC Berkeley School of Information. In the visual shared below, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla puts it [...]

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